With a script based on true events from April 1998, Coeur d’Alene, the latest original full-length play by Show Low dramatist Lisa Jayne, makes its world premiere on Friday, Sept. 13, at Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Snowflake/Taylor. Curtain will be at 7 p.m. for this co-production of NPC and the White Mountain Regional Theater (WMRT).
Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14, 20, and 21 at NPC’s PAC and at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 28 at the Arts Alliance of the White Mountains (AAWM) Arts Center, 251 N. Penrod Rd. in Show Low. Tickets, available through the PAC Box Office, (800) 266-7845 ext. 6250, or online, are $6 in advance or $8 on the day of the show. Senior citizens (60+) and NPC students and staff are eligible for a $1 discount. The play contains mature themes and language that may be unsuitable for children.
Coeur d’Alene explores the political firestorm around newly-elected Mayor Steve Judy when a White Supremacist group applied for a parade permit to march in the city streets of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Adolph Hilter’s birthday. Coeur d’Alene raises important questions regarding a community’s social and moral responsibilities, free speech rights, and confronting religious and racial bigotry.
Judy will be at the performances on Sept. 13 & 14 and will participate in talk back discussions following the performances.
In 2009 Lisa’s husband Jimmy, Navajo County Manager, was assigned a case study of Mayor Steve Judy and the Aryan Nation’s parade permit application from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government while working on his Certified Public Manager through Arizona State University. “I read the case study and was intrigued by it,” said Lisa, who was working at the time on her master’s degree in playwriting through Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. About a month later she located Mayor Judy and arranged an interview.
The script was about three-quarters done when she completed her MFA program, and was pushed to a back burner for a while as she started up the White Mountain Regional Theater. “I always had intentions of producing the play as soon as the time was right. So when I heard from Mayor Judy at the beginning of this year asking what had become of my project, I took that as the proper incentive to finish the play.”
Lisa said she was “extremely pleased with how solid the script turned out.” A reading resulted in “some really positive feedback” with NPC Performing Arts Chair Dr. Michael Solomonson expressing an interest in producing the play, resulting in the collaboration with WMRT.
An Arizona native, Lisa relocated to the White Mountains 14 years ago. She spent her summer in Snowflake as a child and had a real connection to the area and a desire to make the area her full-time home. She and Jimmy have four children: Seth, 19; Parker, 17; Skyler, 13 and Saryn, 12. Her “mothering” duties include two foreign exchange students right now: Rasmus from Denmark and Thomas from Norway, and “a whole slew of other kids that have made our home their home-away-from-home for a year of their life through EF Foundation,” a foreign exchange program.
She and Jimmy are very involved in their children’s lives. Serving as vice president of the Show Low High School Boy’s Soccer Booster Club is just one Lisa’s many involvements in her children’s school activities.
“My family is my life. But the part I reserve for myself is my work in the theater,” noted Lisa. “I have been involved in theater since junior high when I took my first drama class and then recently, in my 30s, pursued an interest in playwriting.” Lisa is artistic director of WMRT, a small community theater established in Show Low in 2010, and collaborates with NPC’s Dr. Solomonson on joint projects. She has also appeared in NPC and other regional theater productions.
She is also the co-host and producer of ArtSpace, a Show Low City 4 cable television talk show, featuring artists in the White Mountains. She has also written ArtSpace articles for the White Mountain Independent and Maverick magazine.
For additional information about Coeur d’Alene contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6250.
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